England have decided against changing their batting line-up for the final Test with India despite top-six problems all summer. With the series wrapped up after victory at the Ageas Bowl, it was thought the Three Lions might bring in a fresh face or two to give them a taste of Test cricket.
However, the hosts have kept faith with the batsmen who played at Southampton, with James Vince, who was brought into the squad as back-up for Jonny Bairstow, released to play for Hampshire.
Opening batsman Keaton Jennings was under pressure after failing to shine since his recall, with just 130 runs in the series at an average of 18.57 but he selectors have decided to keep faith with the 26-year-old, who will have the honour of walking out to bat with Alastair Cook in the former skipper’s final Test.
Ollie Pope will play for Surrey in the first two days of their Championship match against Essex before joining the squad on Thursday morning.
It is still unclear if there will be a change in the bowling attack as Chris Woakes is included after missing the last Test with tightness in his quad, while it would be tough to drop Sam Curran after the youngster’s heroics on the south coast.
Joe Root (Yorkshire, captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Sam Curran (Surrey), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).